What are Fishpond Wetlands?

Fish pond wetlands are man-made wetlands that are used for the cultivation of fish, shellfish, or other aquatic organisms. These wetlands are typically constructed by building a dam or levee to create a pond or lake, and are often used for both commercial and recreational purposes. Fish pond wetlands may be fed by a source of fresh water, such as a river or stream, or may be supplied with seawater.

In Maui County, there are several examples of fish pond wetlands, including:

  1. Wailea Agricultural Group: This fish pond wetland is located on the south shore of Maui, and is used for the cultivation of a variety of aquatic species, including tilapia, shrimp, and oysters.
  2. Ke’anae Fishpond: This fish pond wetland is located on the east side of Maui, and is used for the cultivation of a variety of aquatic species, including tilapia, shrimp, and oysters.
  3. Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge: This fish pond wetland is located on the east side of Kauai, and is used for the cultivation of a variety of aquatic species, including tilapia, shrimp, and oysters.

Learn More about the Different types of Wetlands

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Kealia Pond Maui Hawaii by Forest and Kim Starr (cropped)

Further reading:

WETLANDS OF HAWAIʻI: Mauka to Makai, https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/wildlife/projects/state-wetland-wildlife-sanctuaries/